Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Works For Me Wednesday: Lavender

Pin It Now! Lavender has become one of my very best friends, in fact my hubby as referred to me once or twice as the "Lavender Lady". A few years ago I began using a homemade lavender spray to disinfect my home instead of Lysol. I just fill a 20 oz. spray bottle with water and add about 10 drops of lavender oil. Swish and you are ready to mist just about any surface! I do avoid getting it on the wooden furniture,though. I lightly mist couches, door knobs, bedding, bathroom surfaces, stuffed animals, the "air" in general, and I even use it to clean my kitchen counters, the fridge, etc, etc... The best part is, you don't have to worry about it being toxic to your kids. In fact sometimes I mist them!! Inhaling the fumes leaves you feeling calm and relaxed.

You can find the essential oil of lavender at most health food stores. Here is a photo of the kind I buy. (Aura Cacia) There are many other great brands, though. Just depends on what your local health food store carries.

Here are a few facts about the pure essential oil of lavender for those who may not be familiar with it.

*natural antibiotic

*natural antiseptic

*natural sedative

*natural detoxifier

*promotes healing and prevents scarring

*stimulates immune system

**Though most essential oils are considered safe when used correctly, always keep out of reach of children. Most oils should not be used unless they are first diluted.

One of the books that I have found most helpful concerning the subject of essential oils is, The Complete Book Of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy, by Valerie Ann Worwood.

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Knit-Wit said...

Lavendar is a lovely scent. I use Tea tree oil for cleaning and the other day one of my sons told me to use white grape juice - it's the same color but smells better. :-)

T-Bone said...

ooh i love the way tea tree oil smells. and lavender. maybe ill mist my dogs....

Anonymous said...

I love the scent of lavender. Great idea :)

T-Bone said...

has works for me wednesday replaced why wednesday? bc i liked those.

Susan said...

Great idea. Lavender is such a lovely scent. Maybe I can spray my baby's diaper pail:)

Brandi said...

T-I like to do both,so I don't plan on quitting my "whys". I bet you would be good at Why Wednesday too!!

Rose fr FineCraftGuild .com said...

you are extending my horizon
i considered lavender oil as a personal scent and to be used on my body for aromatherapy.

i did not even think about using it for cleaning the house.

wow, it is going to smell nice.
i'm gonna try it


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